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mousey

[mou-see, -zee] /ˈmaʊ si, -zi/
adjective, mousier, mousiest.
1.
Related forms
mousily, adverb
mousiness, noun

mousy

or mousey

[mou-see, -zee] /ˈmaʊ si, -zi/
adjective, mousier, mousiest.
1.
resembling or suggesting a mouse, as in color or odor.
2.
drab and colorless.
3.
meek; timid:
A drill sergeant can't be mousy!
4.
quiet; noiseless:
a mousy tread.
5.
infested with mice.
Origin of mousy
1805-1815
First recorded in 1805-15; mouse + -y1
Related forms
mousily, adverb
mousiness, noun
Synonyms
3. fearful, shy, bashful, timorous.
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Examples from the Web for mousey
Historical Examples
  • The young 'uns is mostly ginger, and them that ain't is mousey.

    Colonial Born G. Firth Scott
  • So I will, mousey, if you will get me some hay for my breakfast.

    Cole's Funny Picture Book No. 1 Edward William Cole
  • "So I will, mousey, if you get me some bread for my breakfast," said the Farmer.

    Cole's Funny Picture Book No. 1 Edward William Cole
  • "So I will, mousey, if you get me some meat for my breakfast," said the baker.

    Cole's Funny Picture Book No. 1 Edward William Cole
  • As soon as Sophy came in, he slipped out in the mousey way that she so disliked.

    Shadows of Flames Amelie Rives
  • Now you two, with mousey and a servant, are to go on the nine-thirty.

    The Place Beyond the Winds Harriet T. Comstock
  • (holding out his hands as she moves up to back of sofa, R. of him) You are all I have left, mousey.

    A Fool's Paradise Sydney Grundy
  • "Nonsense," replied Mr. Rowley Frog, bowing to Mrs. mousey, who happened just then to look out of her little window.

  • His hair was mousey and worn slightly long for a man, slightly short for a woman.

    The Dictator Milton Lesser
  • "So I will, mousey, if you will eat up the crumbs that have fallen at my breakfast," said the Butcher.

    Cole's Funny Picture Book No. 1 Edward William Cole
British Dictionary definitions for mousey

mousey

/ˈmaʊsɪ/
adjective mousier, mousiest
1.
a variant spelling of mousy
Derived Forms
mousily, adverb
mousiness, noun

mousy

/ˈmaʊsɪ/
adjective mousier, mousiest
1.
resembling a mouse, esp in having a light brown or greyish hair colour
2.
shy or ineffectual: a mousy little woman
3.
infested with mice
Derived Forms
mousily, adverb
mousiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for mousey

mousy

adj.

1812 with reference to quietness; 1853, of color; from mouse + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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